Failure to signal may NOT always be probable cause to stop a car.
When a motorist is required by Vehicle Code Sec. 22107 to give a turn signal, that signal must be given continuously during the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning, but Sec. 22107 only requires a driver to signal “in the event any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.” Police officer unlawfully detained defendant where there was no reasonable possibility of a traffic violation since there was no other vehicle that might have been affected by defendant’s making of a right-turn without signaling. People v. Carmona - filed May 27, 2011, Fourth District, Div. Three
A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who stole almost $500,000 in city of La Puente towing fees was sentenced Tuesday to three years in state prison.
Joseph Dyer, 56, who was convicted in April, surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning to begin serving his term.
Dyer supervised the impound program at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Industry station and collected towing fees from residents.
In April he pleaded no contest to one felony count of public officer crime. Dyer and his wife, Lydia Dyer, 48, were indicted in July 2009 on charges that he stole nearly $500,000 in tow fees from La Puente from June 2001 to December 2007, and that the couple failed to report that money on their tax returns.
DUI Mistrial After "Not Guilty" Majority, Case Dismissed
POMONA, CA: A jury trial for two counts of DUI against a young man arrested by a reserve police officer at the La Verne Police Department resulted in a hung jury on Wednesday, with a majority voting for “not guilty”, and the case was then dismissed. Defense Attorney Paul S. Geller’s exploitation of the officer’s improper execution of field sobriety tests and improper handling of chemical test evidence led to distrust of the officer’s version of the facts despite video of parts of the investigation, and ultimately the dismissal. ”I know in my heart of hearts that I made the right decision…,” said one of the juror’s afterwards while speaking with Mr. Geller. ”You did a fabulous job explaining the problems with the case and how that applied to the law,” claimed the foreperson. ”Anytime a person gives a breath test that is almost twice the legal limit and then a blood test resulting in a .15% blood alcohol level, it’s a difficult case, ” said Mr. Geller. ”But with aggressive, proper preparation throughout the DMV hearing and court process, and then zealous advocacy of the case at trial, justice can previal. It was definitely the right decision.” Gratitude was conveyed by Mr. Geller’s client afterwards, who exclaimed, “ ”You saved my career. If you ever need someone to boast a referral, I’m happy to do it.”
In an audit released this week, City Controller Wendy Greuel harshly criticized a little-known program for city officials to fast-track citation reviews, but some at City Hall say she must have known about the program despite her claims otherwise.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office released information Thursday that Greuel’s office used the service while she was on the council and provided email correspondence from Greuel’s office seeking help from the Gold Card Desk in 2006.
At least 17 officers have won million-dollar-plus jury verdicts or settlements from the city in the last decade in lawsuits involving accusations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation and other workplace injustices.
The San Diego Police Department is beefing up its internal affairs unit after a series of misconduct allegations involving officers.
A 24-hour hotline, which will be monitored by Chief William Lansdowne, has been established to field citizen complaints.
Of 10 recent incidents — including allegations of drunk driving, spousal abuse, rape, stalking and excessive force — four allegedly occurred while the officers were on duty. Of the allegations involving excessive force, none involves gunfire.